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February 19, 2019

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IBM wearable technology safety partnerships announced

IBM has announced a series of partnerships to develop wearable technology which will improve worker safety in hazardous environments.

IBMThe international technology giant is teaming up with Garmin Health, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and Smartcone to integrate its Internet of Things (IoT) systems into their products.

The IoT systems will monitor biometric and environmental data to help identify whether workers are at risk or not.

Real-time data then will be gathered from the wearable technology, along with smart devices and other sensors to help companies quickly respond to any potential problems.

“Worker safety is a critical priority for all enterprises and this collaboration is a major milestone in dramatically improving the way enterprises identify and eliminate hazards in the workplace,” said IBM’s Dr. Kareem Yusuf.

“We are thrilled to work with Garmin, Guardhat, Mitsufuji and SmartCone, and leverage their respective leadership and commitment to help improve safety in the workplace.”

Activity trackers

Garman Health is teaming up with IBM to offer companies who use the IBM Maximo Worker Insights platform the chance to receive alerts from workers wearing Garmin activity trackers.

While the Japanse wearable tech company Mitsufuji has launched a new wearable shirt to track IoT sensor data from worker’s biometrics to help ensure safety and productivity in extreme environments.

The “hamon” shirt collects a wearer’s biometric data, including heart rate, body temperature and location, as well as environmental data such as humidity, temperature, noise and toxic gas levels, together with the use of IBM Maximo Worker Insights.

By connecting to the IBM Maximo Worker Insights solution, the data can be analyzed in real-time, with alerts and alarms on a smartphone to take a break before an injury can occur.

“IBM Maximo Worker Insights delivers the near real-time insight that our clients need to address the safety of their workers,” said Mitsufuji’s Chief Executive, Ayumu Mitera.

“We are excited to work with both IBM and our clients to develop the hamon solution further. We see IBM as a valuable member of our team, not only providing powerful Internet of Things technologies, but also helping us identify new market opportunities around the world.”

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